PUPIL ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT PROCESSES CORRUPTED TO BECOME CHECK-UPS ON TEACHERS

PUPIL ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT PROCESSES CORRUPTED TO BECOME CHECK-UPS ON TEACHERS

Book sampling and other processes designed to assess and support pupil progress are increasingly being corrupted by schools to become a mechanism to check up on teachers, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, have argued.

A recent survey of NASUWT members found that over nine out of ten teachers (91%) reported that their schools made use of scrutiny of pupils’ work, but well over half of teachers reported that this scrutiny was for the purpose of monitoring teachers rather than supporting pupil progress.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Increasingly, more and more professional processes for assessing and supporting pupils’ progress are being corrupted into vehicles to scrutinise teacher performance.

“In too many schools, senior managers are now spending more time checking up on teachers than they are on monitoring pupil progress.

“Constant surveillance and monitoring with the sole aim of fault-finding is debilitating and undermining the confidence of teachers. This is not only poor management practice, it is poor professional practice.

“There is a widening gulf between school managers and classroom teachers that will undermine school improvement and affect teacher recruitment and retention.”

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